‘West Side Story’ Star Ariana DeBose Reached Out to CEO Bob Chapek, Says ‘We’re Gonna Do the Work’ Regarding ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill
Ariana DeBose, who just won her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for last year’s musical epic “West Side Story”, says she has spoken to The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek regarding the Parental Rights in Education bill, commonly referred to by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The actress became the first queer woman of color to win an Academy Award Sunday night.
When speaking to Variety at the awards ceremony, she said regarding the bill “Bob and I, we’re gonna do the work. I’ve spoken to him. I’m a very hands-on type of person. And when I see something, I say something. And while I may not always put it on the internet, I do that. I reached out. And I will continue to reach out and Bob knows that.”
When Variety followed up with a question about queer representation at the Oscars, she said with a smile “We’re here. We’re queer. And we’ve been here.”